International Commercial Law and Practice, LL.M.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition
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  • English (take IELTS)
The University of Edinburgh Online
This internationally focused LLM will provide you with a deeper understanding of how commercial law operates in practice.
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  • Programme outline
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  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The LLM in International Commercial Law and Practice at The University of Edinburgh will enable you to develop a practical understanding of the legal issues surrounding specific industries, markets and commercial relationships. It will also facilitate a broader and more generic understanding of underlying themes, such as harmonisation, regulation and compliance.

It will be of benefit to lawyers in practice dealing with international issues, and also to in-house lawyers and other professionals working in international commerce who are confronted by international legal issues and who wish to deepen their legal knowledge.

Programme overview

This programme aims to provide you with a deeper understanding of how international commercial law operates in practice, with course options to reflect interests, experience and industry focus.

Globalisation and developments in technology have led to a marked increase in international trade in goods and services, in international investment, and in the development of global financial markets. In parallel, the world of international commerce has seen major growth in the regulation of commercial activity at a national and international level, and in international litigation and arbitration. This LLM aims to help you understand the international context in which business currently operates.

The programme focuses on the legal responses to the developments shaping international commerce today, as lawyers and business professionals are increasingly required to look beyond domestic law to find solutions appropriate to their international business needs and opportunities.

Programme Structure


  • The LLM in International Commercial Law and Practice gives you the opportunity to study a wide range of modules covering regulatory and policy-based aspects of international commercial law and also particular industry sectors such as oil and gas law.
  • To be awarded the LLM in International Commercial Law and Practice you must successfully complete six modules, four of which must be core modules, and a dissertation over your chosen duration of study

Commercial law module

Courses included
  • Contract Law in Europe
  • A comparative contract law course focussing on the fundamental concepts of the law of contract.
  • Corporate Compliance
  • Examine the legal, ethical, and social compliance issues that arise in an international business setting.
  • European Competition and Innovation
  • Examine the issues arising from the application of Articles 101 and 102 TFEU to practices aimed at furthering innovation and investment.
  • Law of Climate Change
  • Explore the law concerning global climate change and the legal solutions that have sought to address it.
  • Principles of International Taxation
  • Examine the issues surrounding the taxation of cross-border activities.
  • Comparative and International Corporate Governance
  • The theory, law and practice of the governance of corporations across different jurisdictions.
  • Dispute Resolution Methods
  • Explore the current range of methods deployed in dispute resolution.
  • International Law, Human Rights and Corporate Accountability
  • Examining human rights issues and corporate accountability in the context of global business.
  • International Oil and Gas Law
  • Study the legal issues arising in the international oil and gas industry.


                  It will be of benefit to lawyers in practice dealing with international issues, and also to in-house lawyers and other professionals working in international commerce who are confronted by international legal issues and who wish to deepen their legal knowledge.


                  Modules are designed and delivered by leading academics undertaking cutting-edge research in their areas of expertise, and many have also been designed with input from legal practitioners.

                  Detailed Programme Facts

                  • More details:
                    • This LL.M can be studied full time (1 year) or part time (20, 24, 30, 32 and 36 months) and has start dates in both September and January.
                  • Full-time duration 12 months
                  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
                    • Intensity Flexible
                  • Credits
                    90 ECTS 180 alternative credits
                  • Languages
                    • English
                  • Delivery mode
                    • Time flexibility
                      Fully structured
                    • Attendance
                      No Attendance
                    • Teacher support
                      Continuous support with feedback on request
                    • Student interaction
                      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)
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                  The minimum basic admission requirement for taught postgraduate degrees is an Upper Second Class honours degree (or better), or its international equivalent. Other qualifications from a recognised higher education institution will be considered on an individual basis.

                  Candidates who have not previously studied a legal subject may still be eligible for study, as every application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

                  Professional experience is taken into account and all applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

                  Tuition Fee Per Year

                  • GBP 18400 International
                  • GBP 18400 EU/EEA


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